help reading a pattern

Hi! I am knitting my first sweater: Rowan’s Sucre Cardigan. I have finished the back and have figured out shaping the shoulders to a point. The starred *** instructions below are as clear as mud to me:

Shape shoulders
Ensuring you do not cast off too tightly cont as folls:
Cast off 7 [7:8:9:10] sts at beg of next 8 [2:4:6:8] rows.
Cast off – [8:9:10:-] sts at beg of next – [6:4:2:-] rows. 5 sts.
Cast off rem 5 sts.

Change to 8mm (US 11) needles.
***Keeping 3 sts slip stitch edging as set, beg with a K row, cont in st st with slip st edging until work matches back to start of shoulder shaping, ending with WS facing for next row.

Can anyone help clear up my confusion? I greatly appreciate it!


The 3 stitch slip stitch edging is highlighted below:
"Row 1 (RS): *K1, P1, rep from * to last 3 sts, K1, yfwd, sl 1, yb, K1.
Row 2: Wyif sl 1, yb, K1, wyif sl 1, yb, *K1, P1, rep from * to end.
These 2 rows form rib and slip stitch edging.

Continue with these two rows until the front length matches the back up to the armhole edge at the shoulder.

what does yfwd, YB, WYIF MEAN

yfwd is yarn forward. Bring the yarn to the front between the needles. yb is yarn back, bring the yarn to the back between the needles.

Wyif is with yarn in front.

(For this pattern, none of these are yarn overs which would create an extra stitch.)

Thank you SO much!!

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I have knitted the Rowan Sucre and did not follow the 2 slip stitch rows for the stocking stitch section .( only got the rib section) I maintain this edging only on the knit row on the last 3 stitches of each knit row and purled the next row as normal . It looks okay never thought otherwise !? How does yours look ? The pattern is very poorly edited ! Freebies have their downsides :shushing_face::thinking: